NYC Events, “Only the Best” (10/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

STEELY DAN (through Oct. 30)
at the Beacon Theater /
“For the first time since Walter Becker’s passing in 2017, Donald Fagen and Steely Dan will be performing several of the band’s most beloved albums in their entirety during their semiregular residency at the Beacon. “Aja” (on Thursday and Oct. 27) and Fagen’s solo effort “The Nightfly” (on Oct. 20 and 29) get two nights each, while “The Royal Scam” (on Wednesday), “Countdown to Ecstasy” (on Oct. 24) and “Gaucho” (on Oct. 26) will each be performed for one night only. Another show, called “By Popular Demand” (on Oct. 21), will be devoted to fan favorites, and the finale (on Oct. 30) will be, fittingly, composed of the band’s greatest hits.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Robert Glasper
>> LIFE CYCLES
>> TANK AND THE BANGAS AND BIG FREEDIA
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Fred Hersch Duos
>> Nosferatu Live Score
Continuing Events
>> 2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Robert Glasper (thru Oct. 28)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Spearheading a fresh movement in jazz takes focus, commitment, and not a little bit of guts, and the keyboardist Robert Glasper is ready to exhibit the lot during this nearly monthlong residency. Week one finds him at the helm of his longtime threesome with the bassist Derrick Hodge and the drummer Chris Dave, a wiry trio that juggles swing conventions and hip-hop rhythmic ploys with gleeful impunity.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

LIFE CYCLES
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $35
“With a free-ranging intensity unmatched by any contemporary drummer, Brian Blade can move from groundswell to explosion to rippling quiet. He distills backwoods blues, power balladry and fine-tuned postbop into a single, effusive style — remarkable on any instrument, especially the drum kit. This weekend he presents a new sextet, Life Cycles, featuring a mix of long-term members of his Fellowship Band and newer collaborators: the pianist Jon Cowherd, the vibraphonist and vocalist Monte Croft, the guitarist John Hart, the saxophonist Myron Walden and the bassist Doug Weiss.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Elsewhere, and this may be a tough ticket, but it looks worth the effort:

TANK AND THE BANGAS AND BIG FREEDIA
at Brooklyn Steel / 8 p.m., $27
“New Orleans has been one of America’s most vibrant music cities for well over a century, and there’s no better evidence of its continued vitality than the success of these two acts. Tank and the Bangas’ optimistic and virtuosic blend of R&B, hip-hop and jazz brought them to national prominence when they won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest last year; Big Freedia is among the reigning titans of Crescent City’s trendy bounce music scene (Beyoncé and Drake have both sampled her music on recent singles). The sure-to-be-raucous show is sold out, but tickets are available through the resale market.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

American Ballet Theatre (October 17-28)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, $25-$155
“For two weeks only, join ABT for a beautifully diverse fall season of mixed repertory performances, featuring World Premieres by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance and choreographer Jessica Lang.

The season also features ABT’s world-class dancers in audience favorites including Twyla Tharp’s awe-inspiring In the Upper Room, the incomparable Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free and Other Dances, the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina and Wayne McGregor’s AFTERITE, and George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante, as well as ABT’s Studio Company in Lauren Lovette’s Le Jeune.”

Fred Hersch Duos (Oct. 16-21)
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“The pianist Fred Hersch has a passion for the duo setting; in the past, he’s played weeklong engagements at venues with a different guest each night. Here he’s limiting himself to the company of two extravagantly talented musicians: the clarinettist Anat Cohen, with whom Hersch recorded “Live in Healdsburg,” and Esperanza Spalding, who will be putting aside her bass and concentrating on singing.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Elsewhere, but alas, this is the last week for Videology. Say it ain’t so.

“Get in the spirit of the season as Videology hosts a screening and live performance accompaniment of the 1922 horror classic Nosferatu.

Tenth Intervention’s Silent House: Nosferatu Live Score
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg / 7:15PM + 9:15PM, $22
“Due to overwhelming demand in recent years, we are bringing back Tenth Intervention for another special screening of the 1922 vampire horror film classic Nosferatu.

A masterpiece of German Expressionism, the power and beauty of F.W. Murnau’s unauthorized adaptation of Dracula has not diminished in the slightest almost a century since its original release.”

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Continuing Events

Archtober
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The eight annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 60+ collaborating institutions across the city.

2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival (Oct 18-21)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street / 6PM, $12
“The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 18–21, 2018, screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more.”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Now-1/27/19)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.
“Gather round ye muggles and wizards, squibs and witches, tourists and natives: magic is on its way. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, commemorating the beloved series’s 20th anniversary, is now open at the New-York Historical Society. One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibits to hit the city since, well, ever, the show comes straight from the British Library in London, where, not surprisingly, it was the institution’s most successful exhibition.

Artifacts like crystal balls, Leonardo da Vinci notebooks, and the first written record of the magic word “abracadabra” are among the treasures on display, joined by original materials from author J.K. Rowling’s archives. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, an adult costume party, and more.” (cityguideny)
Daily, except most Mondays, $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

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Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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